Renewable Energy Assurance Limited operates a Compost Certification Scheme and, in partnership with DIN CERTCO and AIB-Vincotte, provides certification scheme services for Compostable Packaging and Home Compostable Packaging. This website section provides details about these certification schemes.
In January 2013, the Association for Organics Recycling became the Organics Recycling Group within the Renewable Energy Association. AfOR's Compost Certification Scheme and the partnership certification services it provided are now operated by Renewable Energy Assurance Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the REA.
Compost Certification Scheme
This certification scheme assesses and certifies compost compliance with ‘PAS 100 only’ or with 'PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol'.
"EN 13432 ~ Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation. Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging".
'Home Compostable' Certification
Requirements for packaging and products recoverable through home composting.
REAL's Compost Certification Scheme template documentsREAL's Compost Certification Scheme template documents and scheme rules can be downloaded from this webpage.
Composters on REAL's Compost Certification SchemeKey details on the composters producing PAS 100 and PAS 100 + CQP certified composts, plus other composters working towards initial certification. Kept up to date month to month by REAL.
Independent sampling - TENDERTENDER INVITATION
Independent sampling services – REAL Compost Certification Scheme
Certification bodiesThese are the bodies providing certification services on behalf of REAL.
Communication about composters with an expired certificateREAL encourages the composters to maintain their PAS 100/PAS 100&CQP certficate up to date.
REAL Independent Sampling Scheme 2013REAL informs the composters on the Scheme about the appoach adopted under the independent sampling scheme 2013
AfOR approved labs' work to improve test results repeatability and reproducibilityOver the past months the approved laboratories have made considerable progress to improve the labs’ current procedures, as well as test results repeatability and reproducibility.
REAL's Compost Certification Scheme RulesThe scheme rules have been reviewed and endorsed by the Certification Technical Advisory Committee which includes the regulator, compost producers, WRAP, the certification bodies and other stakeholders.
New edition of the Compost Quality Protocol publishedThe new edition of the Compost Quality Protocol was published on 1st August 2012. AfOR highlights the key changes made to this protocol and the transitional arrangements for certification.
Making a complaint about a certified productThis item explains how compost customerrs can make a complaint about a certified compost if they are unsatisfied with the product quality.
Update on inter-laboratory trial results and AfOR's related actionsThe inter-lab trial has now been completed. AfOR explains the actions that are being taken to improve reproducibiliy amongst the labs.
AfOR appoints Certification Bodies for its Compost Certification SchemeAfOR is delighted to announce that after a competitive tendering exercise, Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G) and NSF-CMi Certification Ltd, have been re-appointed to fulfil this essential service as the independent site auditors and assessors of companies who are seeking to achieve certification to PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol (CQP).
Update on recent progress made with the inter-lab trialAfOR explains what progress has been made on the inter-lab trial that involves 6 approved laboratories.
AfOR invites certification bodies to tender for the provision of Compost Certification Services on its behalfAfOR has invited a number of certification bodies (including the existing ones Organic Farmers & Growers and NSF-CMI) to bid for the provision of certification services under AfOR Compost Certification Scheme.
Bioplastics in ADThis American article discusses a packaging material that is suitable for disposal by anaerobic digestion (AD). As AD is becoming increasingly favoured as a disposal option for bio-wastes this could represent away forward.
AfOR appoints independent sampling contractorsAfOR is seeking to appoint one or a number of independent contractors to carry out independent sample taking on behalf of the Association in the Northern, Central and Southern regions of the UK, according to sections 23.3 and 23.4 of AfOR Compost Certification Scheme rules.
REAL Compost Certification Scheme - IntroductionIntroduction to REAL's Compost Certification Scheme aligned to PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol.
Applying for initial certification - key stepsApplying for certification can be daunting so REAL has devised a set of steps to take to make the process easier.
Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) PAS 100 – Free Consultancy SupportZero Waste Scotland is funding 2 days free consultancy support to those Scottish composters seeking certification of complaince with PAS 100:2011.
PAS 100:2011Introduction to PAS 100:2011 and how to obtain your copy.
Q&As on the requirements of PAS 100:2011This Questions and Answers section provides guidance on some of the requirements of PAS 100:2011.
Testing compost and soil ~ laboratoriesREAL's Compost Certification Scheme requires participating compost producers to send compost samples for testing only at laboratories approved by REAL.
EN13432 Compostable PackagingThere are several levels of recognition under the EN13432 scheme. This site gives access to the list of registered materials.
REAL' compost certification markREAL's compost certification mark is only allowed to be used by compost producers who hold a valid certificate under REAL's Compost Certification Scheme.
Guidance for certification bodies about input material requirementsThis guidance is for inspectors and certification officers who inspect and audit processes for compliance with PAS 100 and Compost Quality Protocol requirements, under AfOR Compost Certification Scheme. It focuses on the Scheme requirements related to input materials
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